Changes for Guild Season 11

    • Changes for Guild Season 11

      Hello players of Albion,

      I am excited to announce the upcoming changes currently in development for Season 11. There are quite a lot of cool changes to look forward to.

      20v20 Crystal League
      With Season 11 we will introduce a completely new tier of Crystal League: The 20v20 Crystal League.
      These high stakes 20v20 fights follow a similar structure to our current 5v5 Crystal League, but with the gameplay of the current city fights.



      Some details:
      • 20v20 tokens can be bought at the Energy Manipulator for Level 1 and Level 2
      • The sign-up process and match schedule follow a similar pattern to the 5v5 League (see table below for more details)
      • However, the actual match will have the same ruleset and similar map layout as the current 20v20 city fights
      • Due to the high number of players needed per match, these fights will be less frequent
      Token LevelMatch FrequencyTime SlotSilver Cost to buyTradeableSeason Points (per player)Item Power ThresholdLethality
      Level 1daily1:00 UTC, 12:00 UTC, 19:00 UTC150,000yes5900 (hard-capped)Non-Lethal
      Level 2daily1:30 UTC, 12:30 UTC, 19:30 UTC300,000yes151,100Full Loot
      Level 3every Saturday1:00 UTC, 12:00 UTC, 19:00 UTCyes601,300Full Loot
      Level 4Saturday, every 2 weeks1:30 UTC, 12:30 UTC, 19:30 UTCyes2001,500Full Loot
      Level 5Saturday, once a month17:00 UTCyes7501,600Full Loot
      Level 6Last Saturday of the Season18:00 UTCno2,5001,700Full Loot



      With the introduction of the 20v20 Crystal League we will also remove the 20v20 city fights. The reason for this change is, we were not happy with the dynamic around city fights and city ownership. Typically one guild, the one with the strongest 20v20 team, would control all cities for a massive passive silver income. This was a very elitist feature where the only entry point was via challenging the current champion. With the new 20v20 Crystal League, we will now be able to keep the exciting high stakes 20v20 matches and link rewards only to matches won, while also allowing for a much more open entry-level experience.

      Crystal League Season Points
      In Season 10, the mid-level Crystal League matches are giving out too many Season Points. This makes it possible to dominate a season primarily by winning many mid-level Crystal League matches. This is why we will reduce the Season Point rewards for these matches in Season 11:

      Token LevelSeason Points (S11)
      (per player)
      Season Points (S10)
      (per player)
      Level 111
      Level 255
      Level 31525
      Level 44075
      Level 5100200
      Level 6250500
      Level 76001,000
      Level 81,6002,500
      Level 95,0005,000




      Crystal League Daily Season Point Limit
      On top of the Season Point rebalance, we will also introduce a daily limit for Season Points in the Crystal League. This cap limits the amount of Season Points a guild can get from the Crystal League per day. This limit should make it less desirable to accumulate all the best Crystal League teams in one guild and instead create an incentive for these top teams to spread across various guilds.
      • This Daily Season Point Limit will depend on the matches available on a given day
      • The Daily Season Point Limit for for 5v5 and 20v20 will be kept independent and separate from each other


      Daily Limits in Detail:

      Matches availableSeason Point Limit (5v5)Season Point Limit (20v20)
      up to level 1--
      up to level 2-600
      up to level 32002,400
      up to level 46008,000
      up to level 51,00020,000
      up to level 62,00070,000
      up to level 74,000-
      up to level 815,000-
      up to level 950,000-





      Side note:
      We will also have another survey about the Crystal League time slots, which will be sent out specifically to players who have participated in Crystal League battles. Depending on the result, we may adjust Crystal League match times for Season 11 too.



      Skip Overcrowded Clusters
      The Cluster Queue was originally designed to deal with the edge case where players were blocking a cluster completely. However, in the recent updates, Cluster Queue fights have become more and more frequent than we intended them to be. With these battles, a lot of players will have to wait in the queue and potentially never even get to participate in the fight, and end up idling as a back-up force.

      That is why we are developing a new feature which allows players to skip through an overcrowded cluster. This allows the players who are queueing at one side, to directly attack the enemy reinforcements on the other side, which could lead to multiple fights at once (i.e. the battle in the main cluster and fights outside the overcrowded clusters).

      However, this feature is still in a very early stage, so we can't go into too many details yet.

      The basic plan would be:
      • You can skip through a cluster, while still staying in the queue for it. You would just change the exit you are queueing from.
      • You will get a shield bubble on skip-through, similar to a regular cluster change. You will also get a cooldown before you can skip through again.
      • We may also have to increase the area you can stand in for the queue, to allow the backup forces to spread out a bit more in the cluster.
      • Finally, there will be an option to skip through multiple overcrowded clusters in a row, so you cannot keep your backline safe by overcrowding two clusters.
      Keep in mind some of the details will have to be fleshed out during development. But I think this is a good overview of another big change planned for Season 11.

      World Bosses
      For Season 11 we want to give World Bosses and the areas they live in more importance. We want these areas to become a high-risk and high-reward fame farming spot in the open world.

      To achieve this, World Bosses will now respawn every 30 minutes. Additionally, the mobs in the area around the World Boss will become much stronger and spawn more frequently, while also having much better fame and loot. In this way we want to create an open world hot spot that is also contested by enemy guilds, leading to spontaneous mid-scale PvP in the open world.
      • Season 11
        • T8 World Boss spawns every hour and rewards 15 Season Points
        • T7 World Boss spawns every hour and rewards 12 Season Points
      • Season 10
        • T8 World Boss spawns every 24 hours and rewards 50 Season Points
        • T7 World Boss spawns every 24 hours and rewards 40 Season Points


      Castles and Castle Outposts
      And last but not least, we will also adjust Castle and Castle Outpost reward schedules. To improve the meta game around fight size and frequency, we will make all Castles and Castle Outposts become active at the same time, independent of the cluster prime time. With this change we want to have more fights simultaneously, putting more pressure on big power blocks to split their forces if they want to get more than one objective per cycle.

      To have enough fights over the course of the day, Castles will now score every 6 hours and Castle Outposts every 3 hours. With the change to the Castle Outposts, we are encouraging more spontaneous mid-size fights, while keeping the weekly treasure chest for the big castles as an objective for large-scale fights.
      • Castles
        • Season Points score now every day at: 0 UTC, 6 UTC, 12 UTC, 18 UTC
        • Daily Season Point value per Castle has been multiplied by 1.5
          Example: An inner ring castle will score 270 season points every 6 hours. This means 1,080 Points per day
        • The Chest now spawns:
          • every Saturday at 12 UTC and 18 UTC
          • every Sunday at 0 UTC
        • Because of the increased spawn frequency, the chest value has been reduced by 1/3t
      • Castle Outposts
        • Season Points score now every day at: 0 UTC, 3 UTC, 6 UTC, 9 UTC, 12 UTC, 15 UTC, 18 UTC, 21 UTC
        • Daily Season Point value per Castle Outpost has been multiplied by 2
          Example: An inner ring castle outpost will score 48 season points every 3 hours. This means 384 Points per day
        • The Chest now spawns every day at: 0 UTC, 6 UTC, 12 UTC, 18 UTC


      Increased Distance between Castles
      We want to create more distance between castles and objectives in the Outlands. The intention is to put pressure on massive power blocks to split forces if they want to contest multipe objectives at once. Which should lead to less Overcrowded cluster fights. Therefore we will make some adjustments to the World Map layout in the Outlands:
      • We will remove some tunnels and various cluster connections in the black zone,
      • Every Castles will have be at least 4 clusters away from the next neighboring castles
      • Especially the connections in the inner ring have been reduced, to make it impossible to contest multiple castles with one force



      We hope you are excited about all the new upcoming changes for Season 11. And like always we are also interested in your feedback about these changes.
      Be aware all these changes are currently still in production and some details may differ in the final implementation.

      Cheers,
      Retro

      The post was edited 35 times, last by Retroman ().

    • um 20 v 20 points it looks like a lvl 3 gives 1500 pts, however only 500 is the cap... ? someone explain



      tell me that this will change... we should be able to field like 4 teams at the minimum 2 because to do scrims will be 40 players, 2 sets of scrims is 80 players... all those players and you only get to field 1 team before hitting the cap???????



      how long until we can scrim on that map??? asap plz

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    • Retroman wrote:

      With the introduction of the 20v20 Crystal League we will also remove the 20v20 city fights. The reason for this change is, we were not happy with the dynamic around city fights and city ownership. Typically one guild, the one with the strongest 20v20 team, would control all cities for a massive passive silver income. This was a very elitist feature where the only entry point was via challenging the current champion. With the new 20v20 Crystal League, we will now be able to keep the exciting high stakes 20v20 matches and link rewards only to matches won, while also allowing for a much more open entry-level experience.
      You can't stay this with a straight face while not using this same argument for big scale ZvZs for territory ownership.

      So when can we expect you to come out with the return of 5v5 territory ownership? It's EXTREMELY bias of you to do this for city ownership and not for territory ownership. 5v5 is WAY less elitist than top tier ZvZ fights. It's growing incredibly old of you guys showing bias in favor of BA, can we get an ETA on when you guys will stop doing this?

      It would be MUCH appreciated, thanks!
    • Taking out all the comments from the guild that are evidently affected by the change in the cities (20 vs 20) I want to make myself present to a whole Latin American community that demands the 20 vs 20 Crystal League have an NA schedule as well, I am sure that all North Americans, Asians and Australians will be with me in this opinion.

      Add a rotation to 02 or 04 UTC.

      @Retroman @Eltharyon
    • Feedback:

      IP is way too low for the 20v20 crystals. 1400-1500 IP is normal for CTA (multiple per day). That's way too low for a weekly and monthly event... 900 to 1,300 IP? That's a joke.

      @Retroman Talks about wanting to improve open world. It's good that you are improving the open world boss locations. Very good! But at the same time, you need to cut down on HCE. The amount of people relying on HCE instead of open world is out of control; and it's obvious why. HCE is massively over-powered. The result is a depopulated open world.

      HCE's do not belong in an open world full loot PvP game. It's sad to see the devs allow it to continue to exist and at the same time allow it to be so absurdly OP in both terms of fame and silver.

      Lastly, I hope you don't increase the drop rates for world boss mounts. They should stay rare, and you should consider making them skins instead too.

      The post was edited 3 times, last by Phosphia ().

    • Phosphia wrote:

      Feedback:

      IP is way too low for the 20v20 crystals. 1400-1500 IP is normal for CTA (multiple per day). That's way too low for a weekly and monthly event... 900 to 1,300 IP? That's a joke.

      @Retroman Talks about wanting to improve open world. It's good that you are improving the open world boss locations. Very good! But at the same time, you need to cut down on HCE. The amount of people relying on HCE instead of open world is out of control; and it's obvious why. HCE is massively over-powered.
      No bud, we have time ago instance content with that entry point, inst good for the health of the game. The idea its low entry point for more skill based gameplay.
    • BuenSujeto wrote:

      Phosphia wrote:

      Feedback:

      IP is way too low for the 20v20 crystals. 1400-1500 IP is normal for CTA (multiple per day). That's way too low for a weekly and monthly event... 900 to 1,300 IP? That's a joke.

      @Retroman Talks about wanting to improve open world. It's good that you are improving the open world boss locations. Very good! But at the same time, you need to cut down on HCE. The amount of people relying on HCE instead of open world is out of control; and it's obvious why. HCE is massively over-powered.
      No bud, we have time ago instance content with that entry point, inst good for the health of the game. The idea its low entry point for more skill based gameplay.
      Level 1 is no loot. Level 2 to 4 shouldn't be 900 IP to 1300 IP.

      It happens once per week, and is WAY lower IP than what people use in CTAs multiple times per day.

      Absolutely absurd.

      1500 IP? Once per month? This is a joke. People use 1500 IP multiple times a day.

      City fights are fun to watch because of its inherent risk.

      There is 0 risk in any fights below 1500 IP.

      Nobody wants to watch 900-1300 IP capped fights, sorry.

      The post was edited 5 times, last by Phosphia ().

    • Retroman wrote:

      Finally, there will be an option to skip through multiple overcrowded clusters in a row, so you cannot keep your backline safe by overcrowding two clusters.
      HMM

      Wanna move a zones worth of HO kits out to the middle of the Blackzone? Cluster Queue Skip.
      Wanna CTA all of your members and evac your main HO? Cluster Queue Skip.

      With this new advanced technology, Logistics just got 100x easier with the power of n+1!